Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.
St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church
6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
Christ is in our midst!
As we come to the end of the first week of the Nativity Fast we celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. What a difference this is from the western, secular celebration of Christmas, as well as even the western, Christian celebration of Christmas - although the two barely differ anymore.
The Orthodox prepare for the Nativity of Christ by fasting. Advent - a time in the West when there was a particular preparation for the celebration of Christmas - is all but forgotten. There is no fasting, no preparation at all. Under the weighty hand of consumerism, nowadays the celebration of Christmas begins even before Thanksgiving, after which the onslaught of commercialism reaches its peak. Shopping, decorating, parties - by Christmas day many people are tired of it. Not too long ago most people didn’t decorate their Christmas trees until Christmas Eve. It was a family event. Just look at the curbs on December 26 and you can see that some trees have already been discarded.
You’ll notice that Church is rarely a part of this celebration. Oh, perhaps some carols will be sung. Some may even go to a Christmas Eve service, but, incredibly, most churches are closed on Christmas Day. It’s so sad. This wonderful, glorious feast has been gutted. The celebration of Christmas has ceased to be the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.
This is why we are so blessed, so fortunate. We are fasting. We are preparing. Following the example of the Theotokos we go to Church. We confess. We commune. We share. We give alms. And as the great day of the Nativity of Christ approaches the crescendo of hymns grows louder as the anticipation grows. When the Day of the Nativity arrives - we are not tired of it - we are prepared for it. We celebrate the 12 days of Christmas - beginning on the feast, not beforehand - as they take us to the glorious feast of Theophany. It is one season. One feast. One glorious celebration.
Let us follow the Mother of God into the Temple, dear ones, and learn from her example how to pray, fast and worship God in Spirit and in truth.
We served the Akathist Hymn to St. Matrona last Saturday and I promised to forward the link to Chudotvorica - The Wonderworker. You can find it here. This is the first of 12. It is in Russian with English subtitles.
I suggest that you read the Prologue daily. It’s best to purchase a copy, but it is free online. You can read it here. Remember that the traditional calendar is -13 from the civil calendar. So this Saturday, November 14 on the civil calendar, is November 1 on the traditional, church calendar.
Please pray for all those who are ill, especially with coronavirus, and those working for their salvation (recovery).
Thursday, December 3 - Vigil at 5pm.
Friday, December 4 - The Entrance of our Lady into the Temple. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Saturday, December 5 - The Holy Apostle Philemon and those with him. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, December 6 - St. Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium and St. Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, December 12 - The Martyr Paramon and 370 martyrs with him in Bithynia. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, December 13 - The Holy Apostle Andrew. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Friday, December 18 - Vigil at 5pm.
Saturday, December 19 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Wonderworker. Divine Liturgy at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, December 20 - St. Ambrose of Milan. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English
please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I'd love to hear from you!
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists.
The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.
Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to
Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country.
This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.
Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.
We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the St. Petersburg, FL area. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at or call him at 727-239-9186.
As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!
America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia.
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”